An aircraft technician at RAF Marham is encouraging people to join him in running 26.2 miles for EACH.
Ryan Green, 25, will be taking on the London Marathon on 22 April and as part of his fundraising is asking supporters to run the same distance over the course of the month. Anyone who completes the challenge will receive a bespoke EACH medal.
“I’ve not set myself a target of how much I hope to raise,” said Ryan. “All I can say is that I’m doing everything I possibly can to raise as much money as possible for this worthy cause.
“I’m currently holding a similar challenge this month in aid of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and I’ve raised over £600.”
Ryan is no stranger to fundraising, having helped his former squadron at RAF Lossiemouth collect £16,000 in a year.
He knows about us as a school pantomime he performed in years ago benefited the good cause.
“EACH is an inspiring local charity. Everyone I’ve ever spoken to about it has nothing but kind words for the amazing work EACH does for children, young people and their families. It’s truly an honour that I can give something back to a charity that’s provided so many people with help and support when they needed it most.”
Ryan lives in Ipswich with mum Samantha, Headteacher of The Willows Primary School, dad Len, a web developer, and brother Lewis, a historian.
He is currently following a 15-week training programme that consists of four runs a week and hopes to complete the London Marathon in 4hrs 30mins.
Ryan explained: “I took up running in May 2017 when I realised I needed to do a little bit more with my life than just playing Xbox. On the night I decided I needed change, I signed up for my first 10k race and ran it a week later - and found I wasn’t too bad! Not speedy, but I was happy plodding along.
“I’m now a member of the RAF Triathlon Association and have competed in two duathlons representing the RAF. I haven’t quite stretched to a triathlon yet, but I’ve foolishly signed up for an Ironamn event in 2019 – a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and finally a full marathon!”
To join Ryan in running 26.2 miles in April, visit www.charityrun.co.uk. Those looking for a more intellectual challenge can support Ryan by taking part in a quiz night at Ipswich School Sports Centre on 23 February. Questions will get under way at 7.30pm. Teams of up to six are welcome, with the cost £5 per head. Call 07490 237912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place. Alternatively, sponsor Ryan at www.justgiving.com/Ryan-Green15.